FREE 2nd Thursday Every Month
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103
Conscientious Projector invites you to an evening with Pasadena Weekly columnist, author, activist, performer and local legend Ellen Snortland on Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.at Armory Center for the Arts. Ellen will “sneak” preview a feature length, pre-release version of her new documentary Beauty Bites Beast, a compelling and heartening look at a global movement empowering women and girls to counteract and prevent the physical and sexual violence so many face, namely one in three, at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. The film centers on innovative, trail-blazing programs of self-defense training for women and girls all over the world, teaching them to overcome their fears, set aside myths of female helplessness, and protect their own bodies and emotional lives.
A community discussion with Ellen Snortland follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
The decades-old failure of negotiations to reach a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has led disheartened participants on both sides of the divide to reexamine the viability of a one-state approach. In their probing documentary A People Without a Land, filmmakers Eliyahu and Pennie Ungar-Sargon offer an illuminating historical overview of the struggle, and visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to explore both the challenges and possibilities that a one-state configuration might present. Their interviews with advocates and observers from across the political spectrum reveal skepticism and the ongoing fears, grievances and tensions of the present-day situation, even as they must face the dilemma that a one-state solution might be the only remaining option for peace.
Conscientious Projector screens A People Without a Land on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Filmmakers Eliyahu and Pennie Ungar-Sargon and interfaith leaders join us for a community discussion following the film. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Church’s Middle East Ministry. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
The healing and transformational power of the feminine and its potential role in redefining human community in a changing world are at the center of the contemplative, lovingly made documentary As She Is. The film follows producer/director Megan McFeely’s journey from a life crisis to personal discovery and wholeness via her exploration of the feminine aspect within every human being, male and female alike. Featuring thoughtful insights from an array of respected observers in the areas of health, culture, spirituality and women’s issues. Conscientious Projector screens As She Is on Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Filmmaker Megan McFeely joins us for a community discussion following the film. Our event this month is co-sponsored by All Saints Church’s Women’s Community. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Filmmaker Andreas M. Dalsgaard examines Gehl’s philosophy and practice in the stunningly photographed documentary The Human Scale, this month’s Conscientious Projector offering, screening on Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban design. He and his team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and car-centric urbanism. Dalsgaard’s film takes us around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists are transforming such cities as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
When news of the refugee exodus from the civil war in Syria first emerged, local filmmaker Elias Matar felt compelled to help. So in September of last year, he joined other international volunteers in assisting the refugees on their treacherous journey north. As a Syrian-American born in California, and having spent 15 years living in Syria, Elias felt a personal connection to the refugees, and was committed to documenting their remarkable stories of survival and determination. The result of this labor of love is the documentary Flight of the Refugees, which Conscientious Projector will screen on Thursday, February 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Matar’s dramatic, emotionally moving account stands in striking counterpoint to the pernicious political meme that all Syrian refugees must be refused entry to the United States to protect Americans against terrorism. On the contrary, the film presents a vivid case that they should be welcomed with compassion.
Filmmaker Elias Matar joins us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Conscientious Projector’s feature documentary this month examines the plight of workers in the food service industry. The Hand That Feeds screens on Thursday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Filmmakers Rachel Blears and Robin Blotnick’s dramatic and inspiring film tells the story of undocumented workers at a popular Upper East Side New York City café/bakery who endure sub-legal wages, abusive managers and unsafe working conditions. Then one of them persuades a small group of his co-workers to join him in fighting back. Risking deportation, a lockout, and the loss of their livelihood, they band together, and with the help of an innovative team of young organizers, form their own independent union. Their struggle tests the limits of their resolve as they attempt to win dignity, justice, and a contract that could set an historic precedent for low-wage workers in the U.S.
Our community discussion will feature workers and organizers from the Pasadenans for a Livable Wage (PLW) campaign. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Church’s Economic Justice & Nonviolence Working Group. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. To learn more about PLW, check out pasadenafor15.org .
“What if global warming isn’t only a crisis? What if it’s the best chance we are ever going to get to build a better world?” So asks renowned author and social activist Naomi Klein in the new breakthrough documentary This Changes Everything, based on her eponymous best-seller. All Saints Church hosts a free screening of the Avi Lewis-directed film on Sunday, December 13, 2:30 p.m. in the Forum.
In both book and film, Klein argues persuasively that our broken capitalist system and its dependence on unlimited economic growth, reckless plunder of the natural world, and profligate consumption are as much responsible for climate change as carbon emissions. But she is also convinced that this existential crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to reshape our world: to limit corporate power, move away from fossil fuels, foster local communities and reclaim democracy, efforts already under way with promising results in many parts of the globe
As Klein has said, “Climate change is a civilizational wake-up call. Confronting it is no longer about changing light bulbs. It’s about changing the world–before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.”
Erik Conway, co-author with Naomi Oreskes of The Collapse of Western Civilization and Merchants of Doubt, will be the featured panelist in a community discussion moderated by Rev. Dr. Timothy Murphy, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting. Admission is free.
Please join us for what should be a most compelling event gathering friends from various local climate and sustainability groups dedicated to helping mend the fabric of life on Earth.